North Carolinians Want Strong Traditional Public Schools. These People Just Found Out.

Bill Brawley introduced and championed HB 514, a bill that literally helps to segregate student populations using property tax money to build municipal charter schools.

Brawley seems to have lost his reelection bid.

Jeff Tarte introduced a budgetary line item that would have had the state budget fund a “donor” page to give supplies to affluent school sin his area.

Tarte is not going back to Raleigh.

Nelson Dollar was the chief budget writer for the current budget that the GOP establishment passed through a nuclear option knowing that it did not fully fund traditional public schools. He’s the person who said, “Most of the budgeting was done for the second year last year in the budget. It was obviously fully debated, fully discussed, fully amended,”  – https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article211879774.html.

Dollar is not going back to Raleigh.

John Bradford introduced a bill that would have allowed businesses to literally buy their way into having their own charter schools for their employees and have state funds help finance them.

Bradford is not going back to Raleigh.

And do not forget that some people did not make it to the general election.

Justin Burr created a bill that would have every teacher report every video that was used in a classroom setting to an Orwellian office in Raleigh. He also was a leader in the redistricting efforts of the current establishment.

Burr did not even make it out of his primary.

David Curtis once wrote a letter to a new teacher scolding her for even asking for legislative help for teachers and traditional schools.

Curtis did not make it out of the primary. He resigned his post in the middle of the summer.

Apparently, the public that these people “represented” did not look at their views on public education as something that should be “representative” of their own views.

Just imagine what might have happened if our districts were not always being redrawn

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The Latest Red-Herring Survey From Supt. Mark Johnson – Still Being Complicit to NC’s Testing Culture

If you are a parent of a child in NC’s public schools, you may have received the following email from Mark Johnson:

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It came to my personal email.

I have never given my personal email to Mark Johnson. So how did he get it? There could be no other answer than his office took them from local school systems. And getting lots of emails seems to be something that a man who is rumored to be running for higher office would want.

Remember the “alternate” website that Johnson had created in the wake of Hurricane Florence that detoured people from a .gov website to a .com website which collected email addresses? In fact, it mimicked a campaign website in almost every facet.

And the actual survey to see if parents think there is over-testing? That’s simply a ruse. A red herring. A distraction. From many things.

Johnson ran his campaign on reducing testing. He hasn’t done anything about that. He is almost halfway through his term in being “urgent” in transforming public education, yet he has been nothing but complicit to the NCGA’s testing culture. It’s almost as if he claims that he remodeled the house when all he did was clean up one room by putting everything in the hall closet.

Johnson offered a “Welcome Back to School” video to teachers in August of 2017, and while it seemed to say all of the “right” things, listening closely to what he did actually state and claim was a very good indication of the intentional disconnect that he has with our state’s public school system.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/B5Dwf–SoVs.

As he talks throughout the 3 and ½ minutes of the video, the transcript of his words were shown.

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In that video message above, he says, “We have already eliminated tests such as the ASW’s, PISA, duplicative math tests.”

To claim that he has spearheaded the elimination of the ASW’s and the PISA is laughable. Why? Because the ASW’s were not a test. ASW was the Assessment of Student Work evaluation component for teachers of subjects that were not tested by state tests. In fact, ASW’s were eliminated because of budget cuts.

And the PISA? That’s the Program for International Student Assessment that is regarded as one of the best measures of how US students compare to their global counterparts. Only 5-6 thousand US students take the test per year. So, what Johnson is saying is that he stopped 150 students (approximately) in NC from taking a two-hour test that many in his political party use to argue their viewpoints about the deficiencies of public education.

Consider also that the state now requires every high school junior to take the ACT and according to what was mandated last year, if a student does not make a high enough score and have a certain GPA, then those students will have to take a remediation component their senior year on top of what his/her academic load is already (it has not actually been enforced – probably because of budget cuts).

What Johnson really has done is shown a reliance on testing and paying someone else to measure our kids.

Go to December of 2017. That was when Johnson presented a new school report card interface and “updated features” so that the public can view school report cards (https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src/index). It has a lot of bells and whistles.

The letter attached to that new release by Johnson seemed well-meaning. The text can be found here – http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/welcome/.

Yet, no matter how much glitter and glam can be used to create an interface that appeals to the eyes, it doesn’t cover up the fact that those measurements the state uses come from …………… STANDARDIZED TESTS!

Look at the web address for the school report cards – https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src/. That “sas” represents SAS, the same SAS that controls EVAAS which measures schools by a secret algorithm. That “.com” means it’s maintained by a commercial entity. It gets paid taxpayer money.

And he sends a survey to parents asking if they think that the state tests too much?

It has six questions. Only one of them deals with testing.

  • The first asks what grade your student is currently in.
  • The second asks what school system your student is in.
  • The third is this:

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  • The fourth is about whether I as a parent find it easy or hard to help my child with homework in math or language arts.
  • The fifth deals with my view of whether my student’s education is personalized enough.
  • The sixth asks if I want to enter in information for another child.

Only one deals with testing. The rest deal with promoting his version of personalized instruction (which is about using technology to replace teachers), ability to help with homework (which boils down to socioeconomics), and how many kids I might have in public schools.

There is no place to offer comments.

Once I have answered those six questions for each of my students, I then come to a final screen.

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I get a chance to win money. A gift certificate. $250 dollars.

That does not sound too ethical coming from a superintendent who is using his office to collect emails for a possible run at Lt. Gov. while being a puppet and rubber stamp for the policy makers who hope to weaken public education to keep driving reforms that a real state superintendent would defend public schools from.

But what it really means is that Mark Johnson is more committed to being complicit to the current testing culture as it is. Why? Because he has never shown in his actions that he would fight the current establishment in order to actually reduce testing.

 

We Could Have All Lost Career Status Last Summer If Not For What We Did in 2013 – Act Now For Tomorrow

Remember this from 2013? (From a 2013 NCAE Report) :

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It says,

The Appropriations Act of 2013 (“budget bill”) strips away career status from teachers and school administrators and denies the opportunity for career status to teachers in the pipeline. Career status ensures an opportunity to be heard and a reasonable basis for being dismissed or demoted. When state law changed the system of employment of school administrators from career status to contracts in 1993, it grandfathered those who had achieved career status and allowed those in the pipeline to continue on the path for career status.3 These career administrators now will have their career status removed on July 1, 2014. The budget bill takes away career status of teachers in 2018, forcing all teachers to be placed on 1-, 2-, or 4-year contracts. (The option for 25 percent of teachers to voluntarily relinquish their career status in 2014 is addressed below.)

What that meant was that each district was to choose 25% of its teachers to be eligible to receive a bonus if they were willing to give up their career status which is commonly known as “tenure.” If they did not accept the bonus, then they would be able to hold on their career status until July 1, 2018 when the NC General Assembly would phase it out and replace them with one-year contracts for ALL teachers.

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Simply put, it was hush money to keep veteran teachers from speaking out when schools and students needed it. To remove “tenure” is to remove the ability for a teacher to fight wrongful termination. In a Right-To-Work state, due process rights might be the only protection against wrongful termination when teachers advocate for schools, like the teacher who is writing this very piece.

Like the teachers who marched this past May.

Imagine if NCAE had not started the “Decline to Sign” campaign and sued the NC General Assembly to protect teachers who had already earned career status.

It would be gone by now for ALL TEACHERS.

Look at what happened this past election cycle because teachers voted and ADVOCATED FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION:

  1. Super majorities were broken. 
  2. Budget process now has to be open.
  3. Many municipalities and local LEA’s had school board shake-ups. 
  4. The two most egregious amendments to the constitution did not pass.
  5. Many privatizers and “non” public school advocates lost in races or had very close races.
  6. With more seats to Democrats, Mark Johnson is held in check.
  7. Large voter turnout (>52%).
  8. Teachers got galvanized.
  9. Young people came out to vote in droves.

What was done in 2013 saved us in 2018.

What are you willing to do in 2018 to help positively affect 2020? Because so much is at stake.

 

 

Before a Policy Maker Claims That “We Will Have To Raise Taxes On People To Fully Fund NC Schools,” Tell Him To Consider These Measures First

  1. Stop extending massive tax cuts to corporations and wealthy people. Maybe we as a state should not keep extending more corporate tax cuts for businesses and people who make significantly more than the average North Carolinian. We haven’t really seen the trickle-down effect from that here in our schools.
  2. Do away with the Opportunity Grants. We should not invest almost a billion dollars’ worth into a voucher scheme over a ten-year period when it has not shown any real success and put that back into the public schools. No study has conclusively said that vouchers actually improve public educational outcomes because of “competition.”
  3. Stop testing so damn much. When we measure student achievement through test scores and not through growth, we become addicted to “testing” and “teaching toward a test.” Buying tests and then allowing others to grade them for a premium and then disseminate information for the state costs money, not to mention that amount of time (which is a valuable and costly resource) that is consumed.
  4. And if we do give tests, then let our own people create and grade them. Why go to so many private companies to get tests and then pay them to grade them without any feedback? This state has an incredible university system with schools of education that can create earmark assessments and we can pay teachers to grade them. The money would stay in the system.
  5. Highly regulate the ESA’s and allow them to be spent on public schools as well. How about taking some of the money earmarked for Special Needs Education Savings Accounts (which might be one of the most unregulated versions in the country – just look at Arizona) and allowing parents to invest it back into services for their children in public schools?
  6. Not extend so much money into new unregulated charter schools. No report on the state level has shown they are working in the way that charter schools were intended to work: to be laboratories for public schools to find new ways of teaching and bring back to traditional schools to help all students. Instead many are run by private entities.
  7. Dissolve the Innovative School District. There is not community buy-in and all models of such “reforms” have proven to not help. Furthermore, it is giving money to a private entity.
  8. Repeal HB514. Bill Brawley’s bill is nothing more than legalized segregation and allows for municipalities to ask for county property taxes to create charter schools that only service certain zip codes. In essence it allows for more property taxes to be used to fund local schools and possibly state mandates.
  9. Allow ballot measures for school bonds to remain on the ballot. Let the voters actually decide, especially after two very destructive hurricanes destroyed so much in the eastern part of our state.
  10. Pass the budget in a democratic process. No more “nuclear options” to pass a state budget. Let the democratic process have its say. That means debate and amendments.
  11. Consider who has been beaten in the last elections who also championed bad budgeting policies. Just ask Tarte, Nelson, Malone, Stone, and Bradford how their recent elections went. Looks like Brawley might be singing a different song after all ballots are counted. The people spoke.

Then we can start talking about “raising taxes.”

Besides, out kids are worth it.

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November 16, 2018 – What Could Be The Largest Student Section in West Forsyth History

It is not often that two teams from the same conference in the state’s largest athletic classification play each other again in the first round of the state playoffs.

What is even more rare is that those two teams literally played each other the week before as the final game of the regular season for both teams.

To make it even more special – these two teams represent two schools that border each other’s zones.

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So, what does that mean? It’s a big game. Actually, more than that.

It would be nice to see the entire stands on the home side full of Titan fans, and it would be even better if we had the largest student section that Forsyth County has ever seen at one sporting event in history.

Our boys earned it. Our coaches deserve it. So does the school.

Besides, we need to take the West Wackos group yearbook picture.

Who’s in?

Yes, Teachers Did “Remember in November” – There’s Also a November in 2020

Yesterday the News & Observer printed an article that framed how the effect of public school teacher advocacy helped break the GOP supermajority in the NC General Assembly.

T. Keung Hui reported,

Organizers of the historic May 16 teachers march in Raleigh say the words of the protesters became reality this week when North Carolina voters elected enough Democrats to break the Republican supermajority in the state legislature.

The May march marked the start of a months-long effort by the N.C. Association of Educators to elect enough “pro-education candidates” so that Republicans won’t have large enough legislative majorities to block vetoes from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

And NCAE president Mark Jewell said it well.

When we had the March for Students on May 16, we wanted to make it perfectly clear that all of our priorities were not a short-session General Assembly request but a six-month stretch to Election Day. We feel like the citizens of North Carolina stood up and said what the current supermajority is doing is not the North Carolina way.”

The breaking of that supermajority this November of 2018 did a lot to help public school advocacy in North Carolina.

  • A pro-public education governor can now use a veto. That’s really a big deal.
  • Budget process now has to be open. There is no way that a budget can successfully go through a “nuclear option.” Debate and amendments must now occur and that means that people like Berger and Moore have to actually talk about the budget.
  • Many municipalities and local LEA’s had school board shake-ups. For instance, the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County schools now have a school board that has a democrat majority. Look at Wake County.
  • Many privatizers and “non” public school advocates lost in races or had very close races. Nelson Dollar lost. He was the chief writer of the budget. Bill Brawley might might be gone after absentee votes due the HB 514 affair. Jeff Tarte lost handily after the stunt he pulled with DonorsChoose.org being used to fund affluent schools in his district.
  • With more seats to Democrats, Mark Johnson is held in check. Think about it. With current makeup of lawmakers, secretly crafted bills that take power away from the state school board and give it to a puppet of a state superintendent would be harder to pass.
  • The power of the judicial branch was preserved. Those two amendments were defeated and most all of the races for state-wide judicial races went to people favored by education advocates.

And there were some trends that were established that are incredibly encouraging for the 2020 election which will feature lots of state-wide races.

  • Look at the numbers of people who voted. It was a midterm election and over %50 of registered voters came out in a time where public education was a hot button item on many platforms.
  • Young people came out. Those civic lessons are working. Imagine what kind of force they could be in 2020 when state level positions are up for elections.

Now comes the next part. 2020 is around the corner. Every General Assembly seat that was decided last week will be up for reelection as well as the state’s highest offices.

And there’s the national stage as well – one that includes Betsy DeVos.

May 16th was just a beginning.

November 6th was just a beginning.

Today is another beginning.

Means we should plan to always “remember.”

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Become An Ordained Teacher Online Now! – Sen. Chad Barefoot’s SB599 Becomes Reality With “North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow”

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If you grew up in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, you might be familiar with a landmark television show called Northern Exposure which aired on CBS on Mondays during the 10 PM time slot.

It was about a quirky, eccentric small Alaskan town called Cicely which had literally secured the services of an Ivy-League trained physician from New York named Joel by funding his medical school costs.

The culture shock experienced by this Jewish guy from the East coast among his new peers fueled enough plot lines to make this show one of the best-written of the day.

One of the characters was Chris Stevens, who lived in a trailer by a lake, read literature, thought transcendentally, and hosted the local morning radio show spouting philosophical musings to a sparse, but loyal following.

He also was the only “ordained” minister in the town. Only he could perform certain ceremonies. He had answered an advertisement for the “Worldwide Church of Truth and Beauty” in the back of a Rolling Stone magazine.

Boom! He’s a holy man.

Now jump ahead a few decades and there appears this bill by another “ordained” man in the North Carolina General Assembly that will fast track teachers into the public school system here in the Old North State.

Sen. Chad Barefoot was the sole sponsor of Senate Bill 599. Alex Granados of EdNC.org talked about it in “Senate passes bill expanding teacher preparation options” (https://www.ednc.org/2017/06/13/senate-passes-bill-expanding-teacher-preparation-options/). Granados stated,

SB 599,”Excellent Educators for Every Classroom,” would let organizations outside of colleges or universities offer educator preparation programs…

The bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, said in an e-mail that the bill was far more stringent than Robinson said and “clearly lays out” the “paths” necessary to offer a teacher preparation program. 

The bill creates the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission, a body comprised of teachers and administrators. They would make recommendations on educator preparations programs to the State Board of Education, which would have the final say on the standards for programs and if programs meet them. 

“What this bill does is, rather than say that the traditional educator preparation programs in North Carolina…are the only way you can be prepared to be a teacher, it says ‘no’ to that,” Barefoot said on the Senate floor. “You can come up with any way that you can dream of, but we are going to hold you accountable to a set of standards that are rigorous.” 

Forget that we already have lateral entry. Forget that even today there was another report by Granados that might connect Barefoot with a financial incentive for introducing the bill. In “Campaign contribution by teacher preparation organization complicates expansion bill,” Granados reports,

In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Committee to Elect Chad Barefoot received $5,000 from Texas Teachers of Tomorrow, an organization that could stand to benefit from the bill (https://www.ednc.org/2017/06/21/campaign-funds-complicate-teacher-prep-expansion-bill/).

The company that is now advertising in NC is North Carolina Teachers for Tomorrow.

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Yes, it’s real.

And yes, “every child deserves a great teacher.” It’s just hard to justify the idea that a person who pays less money made in a week of substitute teaching can become an effective teacher with an online accreditation – more so than someone who has prepared him/herself to become a teacher with an on-hands program that lasted longer than the entire classroom experience of our own state superintendent.

Common sense and ethics aside, Barefoot should have gone further and taken a lesson from Rolling Stone and combined it with the power of the internet.

Maybe he would be open to an amendment although open-mindedness is something that many in the NCGA lack: becoming an Ordained Teacher online.

It’s not traditional and it sure as hell says “NO!” to the established educator preparation programs that Barefoot and his cronies have already weakened.

And by saying it’s “ordained” gives it that “holier-than-thou” feeling.

Just take a look at this website for the Universal Life Church at https://www.themonastery.org/landing/get-ordained?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsM2Yv4bP1AIVgTaBCh0wiwv2EAAYAiAAEgL9OPD_BwE.

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In fact, this is a perfect template!

Think about it.

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And the state could reap the benefits. We get more teachers. We make a profit from the certification process.

You don’t even have to subscribe to Rolling Stone.

But maybe still charge $295 dollars.

Really. $295.

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Sen. Barefoot, what do you think?

Nine Reasons Why The 2018 Election Results Were Great For Public Education in North Carolina

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No. Not everything that public school advocates would have wanted from last night’s elections came to fruition.

But it was a very good night for public schools.

1.Super majorities were broken. 

Simply put, the governor now has veto power. Yes, Gov. Cooper could always veto a bill, but now it cannot be simply overridden automatically. Any bill that seems to favor a privatization effort like vouchers, or the ISD, or charter school funding must now be done in a more democratic fashion instead of behind closed doors.

2. Budget process now has to be open.

It is hard to pass a budget in committee without a super majority- a budget with education as the top spending priority. There is no way that a budget could successfully go through a “nuclear option.” Debate and amendments must now occur and that means that people like Berger and Moore have to actually talk about the budget.

3. Many municipalities and local LEA’s had school board shake-ups. 

For instance, the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County schools now have a school board that has a democrat majority. Look at Wake County. These bigger systems sometimes provide a blueprint for how to handle issues that all school systems face. With new leadership that are more teacher-friendly and willing to stand up to Mark Johnson and others in Raleigh, this might be a very encouraging thing.

4. The two most egregious amendments to the constitution did not pass.

Do not forget that there have been instances that the the courts have delivered decisions that affected teachers directly (keeping veteran due-process rights, etc.). And now that the governor keeps powers over certain judicial appointments and the fact that he is very pro-public education, this should not be overlooked. Oh, and look at the races for judicial seats for state level positions.

5. Many privatizers and “non” public school advocates lost in races or had very close races.

Nelson Dollar lost. He was the chief writer of the budget. Bill Brawley might have gotten a huge wake-up call after the HB 514 affair. Jeff Tarte lost handily after the stunt he pulled with DonorsChoose.org being used to fund affluent schools in his district.

6. With more seats to Democrats, Mark Johnson is held in check.

Think about it. With current makeup of lawmakers, secretly crafted bills that take power away from the state school board and give it to a puppet of a state superintendent would be harder to pass. Plus, with more people in Raleigh who would be willing to keep Johnson’s actions more in the limelight, the more he might actually have to serve public schools.

7. Look at the numbers of people who voted.

It was a midterm election and over %50 of registered voters came out in a time where public education was a hot button item on many platforms.

8. Teachers got galvanized.

May 16th started something. NCAE gained traction.

Teachers got people to the polls.

9. Young people came out.

Imagine what kind of force they could be in 2020 when state level positions are up for elections.

 

National Red Head Day With My Ginger Brigade

November 5th is “National Love Your Red Hair Day”.

I don’t have red hair, but I live in a house where everyone else has red hair. Maybe that qualifies me to talk about living with red heads and the boundless recessive genes they either display or carry.

Simply put, I have a Ginger Brigade in my house that I am very partial to. However, there are some “myths” and characteristics that I believe I may have insight into just in case you needed to know.

  1. Red heads have no souls. This is false.

Sure they have souls. However, those souls may not be their own.

There is a comical joke that says every time a red head steals a soul, then another freckle appears on his/her face. Both my kids and my wife have an abundance of freckles. Very soulful people.

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But is it not interesting that Malcolm reaches out for me when I am not looking with a maniacal laugh?

  1. Worldwide, only 2% of people have red hair. This is true.

But most of them have brown eyes. All three red headed people under my roof have blue eyes, which is actually very rare. Apparently, I carry some recessive genes myself to be able to pass along to both my kids. By the way, red hair and blue eyes are a stunning combination. My wife is gorgeous woman. My kids look like her.

I simply have a nice personality and take care of spiders.

  1. People with red hair are more sensitive to painNot true in my house.

The non-red head in the house is the wimpiest person in the house. My wife has a high tolerance to pain. Malcolm would rather play basketball than deal with pain.

  1. Red heads do not get gray hair as fast as other people do. This is true.

Dammit.

  1. According to factretriever.com, the ancient Greeks believed that redheads became vampires after they died. To be determined.

However, my wife has every Anne Rice book ever written; therefore, I have a sunlamp ready to go.

  1. Red hair is thought to be the sign of a witch. This is a maybe.

But I am not a Puritan and Glenda from the Wizard of Oz and Hermione Granger have taught me that it might be a good thing to have a witch on my side.

  1. Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world at 13%. Ireland is at 10%. The United States has the largest number of redheads. This is true.

And Forsyth County, NC seems to have the largest population of red heads anywhere I know of. But, I live there.

  1. Red heads can make more of their own Vitamin D. True.

But a supplement never hurts.

  1. Queen Elizabeth was a ginger. Yep.

And she kicked ass.

  1. Ginger Snaps are made from red heads. This is false.

That would mean you are eating vampiric cookies. But Ginger Snaps can be made and eaten by red heads.

  1. Ginger Ale is made from red heads. Again, false.

That’s ridiculous and gross.

Every day is actually “National Love Your Red Head Day” in my house, and maybe I am a tad bit jealous of my family’s unique beauty, I think I am a little more jealous that they actually have hair.

Our Six-Year Pre-Existing Condition: The Long, Deliberate, Slow Attack on North Carolina’s Public Education System

When Phil Berger and Tim Moore held a press conference last May in which they feigned surprise and indignation at the thought that teachers would even consider rallying on May 16th, it was rather apparent that it was a scripted endeavor.

From WFMY.com:

During the conference, the two said, “Republicans in the General Assembly made a promise to dramatically raise teacher pay in North Carolina, and we’ve kept our promise. Despite the lack of information in the media and the politically-motivated misinformation coming from the local affiliate of the national teachers’ union, the numbers speak for themselves, and we’re glad to have the opportunity to share North Carolina’s success story and set the record straight.”

For the 2018-19 school year, Moore and Berger said teachers should expect to see an average 6.2 percent pay raise. They say this increase comes without a tax hike(https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/education/nc-lawmakers-pledge-4k-plus-pay-raise-ahead-of-teacher-rally/83-552338553).

Forget that the word “average” was included in that statement. The fact that it was stated on the very first day of the convening of the NCGA should give concern. Without any debate, committee amendments, or input from the roughly 4.5 million North Carolinians who are represented by democrats, Berger and Moore seem to prognosticate the future with arrogant surety.

Why? Because they already had a budget (biannually made) and they planned on not opening it up for debate at all.

From WRAL.com on May 23rd:

House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday that he and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger plan to huddle Wednesday to knock out final areas of House/Senate disagreement on the state budget, which he expects to be ready for votes next week.

Moore also confirmed plans to roll that budget out as a conference report, a process that precludes amendments once House and Senate negotiators sign off on a deal worked out behind closed doors.

Democrats howled Tuesday as the plan circulated at the statehouse, partly because it will keep them from being able to offer amendments for public debate(https://www.wral.com/gop-seeks-to-prohibit-amendments-to-proposed-state-budget/17572652/).

Calculated with precision planning from a playbook straight from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Think of what all has happened since the current establishment took control of North Carolina’s General Assembly.

  • “Average Bear” salary hikes
  • Removal of Due-Process rights for new teachers
  • Removal of career status for new teachers
  • Removal of graduate degree pay raises for new teachers
  • Low per-pupil expenditures
  • School Performance grading system that really just tracks poverty
  • SB599
  • Merit Pay inititatives
  • Cutting teacher assistants
  • Elimination of old Teacher Fellow program
  • Threats to Governor’s School
  • Giving ACT too much power in measuring schools
  • Vouchers
  • Unregulated Charter Schools growth
  • Flawed principal pay plan
  • SAS and hidden algorithms
  • Class Size Chaos
  • Lack of textbook funding
  • Attacks on Advocacy Groups
  • Cutting of benefits for new teachers
  • Unregulated virtual charter schools
  • Innovative School District
  • ESA’s
  • Propping up a puppet state superintendent
  • Lack of Student Services

Think of the privatization efforts in the nation that have hooks in NC and to whom they are connected to within this state.

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For a full explanation, check this link: https://caffeinatedrage.com/2018/02/13/the-privatization-of-north-carolinas-public-schools-a-whos-who/.

Now add laws and mandates like HB2, the Voter ID Law, the gerrymandered districts, and the attempted judicial system overhaul.

Calculated. Patient. Crafted. Delicately Executed. Driven by dogma.

It’s been happening for six years.

Makes tomorrow so important.

In fact, imperative.